The news is in the next post down ... the one about acting atheltic director Scott Woodward deciding not to apply for the full-time job and to remain instead as the university's vice president for external affairs.
However, the most interesting thing Woodward said today was an impression he has picked up over the past few months running the UW atheltic department:
"My only concern is a worry about some complacency issues and an acceptance of mediocrity," he said. "People were assuming that doing the right thing and winning were mutually exclusive, and they're not. … Winning is a very important core value of what we do. Frankly the other things – being compliant, doing things in the best interest of the student-athlete – are underpinnings. They're what we do, and to accept anything less is in my book a non-starter."
It's an interesting statement, although largely meaningless without names attached. However, it's very close to the language university president Mark Emmert used when he and athletic director Todd Turner decided to part ways.
And it certainly indicates that the highest reaches of the university believes that some folks in athletics need to raise the bar of their own expectations.
The 2008-09 athletic year should be fascinating.